Discussion paper response

Hayim Dar
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Hayim Dar
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Do you support recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by changing the Constitution or making some other kind of legal change?
What should the change look like?
Recognition in the constitution that ATSI people were this country's first peoples, and that they have a right to a place of pride and respect as such. Moreover, the constitution should acknowledge ATSI people's unceded sovereignty, and (a) institute a
Should we have a statement that acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia?
Yes. This should be in the Constitution.
Where is the best place to put it?
At the start?
What should the statement say?
That ATSI peoples are the first inhabitants and custodians of this country and that their sovereignty has never been ceded.
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
It could include references to the sustainable and responsible way in which ATSI peoples maintained and lived on these lands.
Should the word 'race' be taken out of the Constitution?
Should the Australian Parliament keep the power to make special laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Do you have any ideas on what new words could be used to describe that power, or where in the Constitution to put the power?
Could be described as mechanisms for redressing the injustices of colonisation and dispossession.
Do you think that a guarantee against racial discrimination should go into the Constitution?
Do you have any ideas about what words to use for that guarantee, or where in the Constitution to put it?
It should recognise that past and current practices create systemic disadvantages and inequalities for some sections of society, and empower governments to redress those inequalities. It should define racial discrimination as advantages that accrue to so
Should the guarantee protect all Australians against racial discrimination, or only Indigenous Australians?
All Australians
Do you think Indigenous people should have a say when Parliament and government make laws and policies about Indigenous affairs?
Should a new Indigenous group be set up under the Constitution to give advice and make sure Indigenous people have a voice in political decisions that affect them?
Is it worth creating the new group if it can only give advice and does not have the power to block new laws?
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
It should have veto power over laws affecting Indigenous Australians.
Should we delete section 25?
Is there any point in keeping it?
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